• Jun. 9 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Johannesburg is entering a new phase in its life

"I’ve made a watershed decision in the life of my company, Ornico. I have moved our headquarters from Sandton to Johannesburg’s City Centre. Several considerations guided my decision, ranging from the practical to the ideological. I have no doubt that one day, in the not too distant future, Johannesburg will feature prominently in global lists as a great place to invest in, to work in, and to live in". Says Oresti Patricios, CEO of the OrnicoGroup 

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  • May. 16 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Keep calm and love South Africa

Apologies for the delay in getting this blog written. I had promised myself that my next blog – this one – would be upbeat and positive. And it took me this long to reach this positive outlook. With thanks to my MD and friend, Janice Scheckter, who said, ’the beginning of the end has begun’. And she is right. Even if the end only comes in 2019, the end is in sight.  

  • May. 12 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Hey entrepreneur, have you had your crisis of faith … this week?

Beaten down and broken? Come back fighting. Entrepreneur, the gurus are right – plan, prepare for success, do the hard work, take on the problems, including underestimated budgets and the multitude of little and huge failures. It’s never an easy path, but to achieve anything worthwhile, never is.

  • May. 12 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

While most of us expect a 5% or no increase in salary this year …

Sunday, February 26 dawned, and no surprise for us South Africans. The Sunday Times headlines exposed yet another corruption debacle at a state-owned enterprise. Collins Letsoalo, acting CEO negotiated, demanded and pressurised officials at PRASA (Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa) to pay him a salary the previous disgraced CEO earned – a cool R3,5 million a year. An increase of 350%! Oh yes, and just in case that was not enough – throw in a personal chauffeur for him as well. 

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